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The Bothy Band

In the three years the Bothy Band were together, they emerged as one of the exciting bands in Celtic history. Although much of their repertoire was rooted in the traditional music of Ireland, their enthusiasm and musical virtuosity set off ripples that continue to be felt.

The genesis of the Bothy Band was sparked in 1975 when bouzouki player Dónal Lunny left Planxty to form his own record company, Mulligan. One of his first projects brought him together with uillean piper Paddy Keenan, flute and whistle player Matt Molloy, fiddler Paddy Glackin, and accordion player Tony MacMahon. The group was soon joined by siblings Mícháel Ó Domhnaill on acoustic guitar and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill on clavinet and vocals. Hailing from a musical family, with their aunt having contributed 286 songs to the Dublin University folklore collection, the two had previously performed, along with their sister Maighread, in the traditional Irish group Skara Brae. Initially calling themselves Seachtar, which translates as "seven," the group reformed as the Bothy Band after MacMahon left to become a BBC producer. The band's debut came on February 2, 1975, when they performed at Trinity College in Dublin.

Despite their great legacy, the Bothy Band only recorded three studio albums: The Bothy Band, Old Hag You Have Killed Me, and Out of the Wind Into the Sun. A live album, After Hours, released in 1979, was recorded at the Palace des Arts in Paris. In 1995, a second live album, Live in Concert, was released that included tracks recorded in London by the BBC at the Pares Theater in July 1976 and the Kilburn National Theater in July 1978.

The Bothy Band featured a variety of fiddlers during their three-year tenure. Original fiddler Glackin was replaced by Donegal-style fiddler Tommy Peoples on the band's debut album and by heavily ornamented fiddler Kevin Burke on the second release.

With the breakup of the Bothy Band in 1979, the band's musicians continued to play influential musical roles. Lunny returned for a while to Planxty and then helped to form the Celtic rock band Moving Hearts. He's continued to work as a record producer and has occasionally collaborated with former Silly Wizard vocalist Andy Stewart. Moving to the United States, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill formed the short-lived band Touchstone and, later, joined with her brother to form both Relativity and Nightnoise. Matt Molloy and Kevin Burke continue to work together in Patrick Street. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Best Of The Bothy Band

1. The Salamanca / The Banshee / Sailor's Bonnet

2. Pretty Peg / Craig's Pipes

3. The Blackbird

4. The Maids Of Michelstown

5. Casadh An Tsugain

6. Music In The Glen / The Humours Of Scariff / The Otter's Holt

7. Fionnghuala

8. Old Hag You Have Killed Me

9. Do You Love An Apple

10. Leitrim Fancy/Round The World For Sport/Rip The Calico/Martin Wynne's/Enchanged Lady/Holy Land

11. The Death Of Queen Jane

12. The Green Groves Of Erin / Flowers Of Red Hill

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Track List: After Hours

1. The Kesh Jig/ Give Us A Drink Of Water/ Fameous Ballymote

2. The Butterfly

3. Casadh An Tsugain

4. Farewell To Erin

5. The Heathery Hills Of Yarrow

6. The Death Of Queen Jane

7. The Pipe On The Hob / The Hag At The Churn

8. The Priest/ Mary Willie's / This Is My Love, Do You Like Her?

9. How Can I Live At The Top Of A Mountain?

10. Rosie Finn's Favourite/ Over The Water To Charlie / The Kid On The Mou

11. The Flowers Of Red Hill

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Track List: Out Of The Wind And Into The Sun

1. The Morning Star / Fisherman's Lilt / Drunken Landlady

2. The Maids Of Mitchelstown

5. The Pipe On The Hob / The Hag At The Churn

7. The Blackbird

9. The Factory Girl

10. Priest, The / Mary Willie's / This Is My Love, Do You Like Her?

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Track List: Old Hag You Have Killed Me

1. Music In The Glen

2. Fionnghuala

3. Farewell To Erin

4. The Ballintore Fancy

5. The Maid Of Coolmore

6. Michael Gorman's

7. Sixteen Come Next Sunday

8. Old Hag You Have Killed Me

9. Calum Sgaire

10. The Kid On The Mountain

11. Tiocfaidh An Samhradh (Summer Will Come)

12. The Laurel Tree

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Track List: The First Album (1975)

1. The Kesh Jig/Give Us A Drink Of Water/The Flower Of The Flock/Famous Ballymote

2. The Green Groves Of Erin/The Flowers Of Red Hill

3. Do You Love An Apple

4. Julia Delaney

7. The Navvy On The Line/The Rainy Day

8. The Tar Road To Sligo/Paddy Clancy's

9. Martin Wynne's/The Longford Tinker

10. Pretty Peg/Craig's Pipes

11. Hector The Hero/The Laird Of Drumblaire

12. The Traveller/The Humours Of Lissadell

13. The Butterfly

14. The Salamanca/The Banshee/The Sailor's Bonnet

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I believe Matt Molloy has played in another obscure Irish group..I think they called themselves The Chieftans
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So fine.
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spell casters..
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Favorite Irish: pretty much all of it...
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Bothy Band is to Irish Music, what Genesis is to rock: good changers
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Favorite Irish:
1. The Bothy Band
2. Planxty
3. Natalie Macmaster
4.Touchstone
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Touchstone was together from 1979 to 1985 .I guess that could be called short lived
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frankiepiran h a
They're unparalleled
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Best Irish traditional band ever!
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marygrider
Changed my life for the better they did.
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When I close my eyes, Bothy Band's music brings me back to my month of traveling in Ireland, and time stands still.

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